Natbuild’s Noosa conference celebrates strength in numbers

by | Nov 15, 2022

The Natbuild group came together at the Sofitel Resort in Noosa in October after taking time out from their businesses to network, engage in a series of business sessions that included updates and opportunities for input and direction, and also celebrate the 2022 member of the year and suppliers of the year.

Natbuild - Natbuild Conference 2022 October 19, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia
Back: Mike Barry (Natbuild), Danny Maye (Natbuild), Germano Tomassetti (ITI), Josh Palmer (NHS), Matt Partridge (ITI), Toby Holloway (MiTek). Front: Peter Way (Natbuild), Mick Lamb (Natbuild), Darren Voigt (Bremick), Rob Lowe (Natbuild), Jason Wheatley (Bremick), Karina Sullivan (NHS), Matt Crockett (NHS), Tony Castledine (MiTek).

The Principal’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) kicked off Natbuild’s conference where the outstanding trading results for the past 12 months were shared along with a detailed overview of key areas and the associated results achieved. 

Just some of the substantial takeaways from the AGM included the group’s membership size, location, and type of business which have all delivered solid results across the country. The AGM also included discussions of Natbuild’s future plans, with delegates outlining key areas of the business they wish to focus on for the remainder of the year and beyond. The final matter of business saw current board members re-elected and John Lorente, from Big River Group welcomed as the newest addition of the Natbuild Board.

Natbuild Chief Executive Officer, Peter Way said that after recovering from a two-year break where conferences were held virtually, networking was a very important focus for this conference. 

“The aim of our conference has never been one-dimensional. Yes, it is important that we have all key partners together to share experiences, network and enjoy each other’s company, something our group has always valued and driven, however, there is business to attend to.”

“Because we deal in a market that is always changing and presenting new challenges it is critical that we take the opportunity to understand how we have performed as a group in the market and what we need to be focusing on moving forward. The planning of our sessions and events is aimed to maximise in these key areas,” Mr Way said.

Guest speaker Simon Croft from the HIA went on to present the first business session, discussing important upcoming changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) while also providing invaluable industry knowledge to members. 

At the conclusion of the presentation, Mr Way reiterated that “as key participants in the construction industry, the importance of our channel is to play our part in educating and providing solutions to support these changes.”

Afternoon sessions included several supplier presentations hosted by the Natbuild Category Management Team. The sessions were split into three groups and each session focused on building materials, timber and wood panels and trade hardware with Natbuild members also presented with valuable insights provided by guest suppliers James Hardie, Laminex and ICCONS.

The first evening featured a casual dinner on board M.V Catalina cruising the Noosa River, which provided the perfect opportunity for Natbuild members and suppliers to socialise and network throughout the evening as well as enjoy the onboard entertainment, described by many as “the best one man performer” seen for some time. 

The second day of the conference kicked off with several supplier updates followed by one-on-one member/supplier sessions that focused specifically on strategising growth opportunities to benefit all parties. A unique strength of the speed dating session is to give decision-makers the chance to be collaborative, involved and task-driven.

Natbuild - Natbuild Conference 2022 October 18, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia

The afternoon then featured a lawn bowling afternoon at Tewantin Bowling Club complete with live entertainment, followed by a supplier and member networking dinner held at an Italian restaurant, Locale, in a relaxed social environment.

Natbuild - Natbuild Conference 2022 October 18, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia

The final morning of the conference began with a business breakfast session hosted by Natbuild Chairman Mike Barry with Tom Kierath, a leading equity analyst from Barrenjoey. As Mike led the conversation, Tom shared his extensive knowledge of the industry, key players, market dynamics, and his thoughts on what is in store for the future.

Natbuild - Natbuild Conference 2022 October 18, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia
Michelle McKiernan (Walker Bros), Eugene Gershon (H.B. Fuller), Mike Barry (Natbuild), Dave Ruddy (King Truss), Julio Girolamo (Laminex), Iain Cook (Laminex) take on the crocs at Natbuild’s Noosa conference.

On the final afternoon of conference, the Natbuild category management team held business sessions, on a rotating basis, where small groups of members provided their input and feedback on key areas of focus, by category, for the coming 12 to 24 months. 

“The outcome from these sessions was to ensure we together are working to the same strategy harnessing the strength of our collective group in the marketplace,” Mr Way said.

Natbuild - Natbuild Conference 2022 October 18, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia
Delegates enjoy fun and games with the Thargomindah Lifesavers.

The conference concluded with a beach-themed Awards Night at the Sofitel, celebrating Natbuild’s voted Member and Suppliers of the Year. Kicking off with fun games such as throwing Nemo through a hoop and crocodile races with the Thargominda lifesavers, Bazza, Gazza, and Shazza. Guests then sat down for dinner with entertainment from a local Noosa Heads beach band.

Natbuild – Natbuild Conference 2022 October 19, 2022: Sofitel Noosa, Noosa, Queensland (QLD), Australia. Credit: Carlos V / Event Photos Australia

Member and Supplier of the Year Awards:

  • Supplier of the Year – Timber & Woodpanels: ITI Australia
  • Supplier of the Year – Building Supplies: MiTek
  • Supplier of the Year – Trade Hardware: Bremick
  • Member of the Year: NHS 

Natbuild’s Events Manager Jaclyn Dugan thanked all of the guests for attending the conference, and “for being such wonderful company and for helping celebrate its member and suppliers of the year.”